Posts Tagged ‘temptation’

  

[It is] the little foxes that ruin the vineyards…” (Song of Solomon‬ ‭2‬:‭15‬ NIV)

During the Civil War, General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate army, handed down a plan of attack to his next in command, General A. P. Hill.  The latter wrapped the plan around a couple of cigars, and then mislaid them. They were found shortly afterwards in an abandoned Confederate Camp by a sergeant from the opposing Union Army, and passed on to his commander, General McClellan. As a result, the Union won a surprise victory at Antietam, which began to turn the tide in the war. Otherwise, the Confederate states would probably have won early and easily.

It is simple to blame our mistakes and sins upon the actions of others, the power of Satan, or the fallen state of this world. But every personal failure falls back to a small decision on our part, a careless setting aside of God and His words. Isn’t it amazing how devastating a small decision or action in the right place can be?! And yet in both wars and lives, the effect can be crushing. 

Be careful in the little areas of your life. A careless word, action, or thought can lead to devastation. Ask God today to lead your steps, to protect you from the failures of others and yourself, and to keep His Light burning bright in you. The world is watching! You are loved! 



Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” (Acts‬ ‭3‬:‭19‬ NKJV)

In December 1977, Paul Harvey shared a story about Harry Bane of Lake Oswego, Oregon. Harry apparently desired to be in better health, so at a suggestion, Harry took up jogging. He tried it, but not long after he quit. What would detour Harry off his path to better health? He said the wind kept putting out his cigarette. Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction…

When we recognize the need for better spiritual health and then come to God, we cannot pick & choose what we will embrace and what we won’t, specifically dealing with our sins. All sin has got to go. We cannot think that God is appeased by our efforts to get rid of one bad habit or sin. All sin must be crucified! Our repentance is not for a certain issue or temporary moment, but has to develop into a lifestyle: “Repent…and be converted…”

Only God can help us die to sin’s temptation daily. John Owen reminds us, “It is man’s duty to kill sin, but not in his own way. The Spirit alone kills sin in believers. He has promised to do it, and all other means without Him are empty and vain.” Be willing to let all sin go, then let God do it. Complete surrender leads to complete freedom! You are loved today! 

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Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” (Genesis‬ ‭4‬:‭7‬ NLT)

In April 2008, Wendy Petherick was standing beside a river in Northwest Australia, near Darwin, when she was attacked by an 8′ saltwater crocodile. Her husband, Norm, immediately jumps on the crocodile to save his wife! After wrestling with it a bit, he finds its eyes, gives them a gouge, prompting the croc to let go. Norm literally pulled his wife out of the jaws of death.

Just as a “saltie” swims by the waters edge in search of unsuspecting prey, sin camps out at the front steps of our heart, waiting for a chance to pounce. In this scripture, God is warning a very angry Cain not to let sin control him. Cain wouldn’t listen and instead eventually killed his brother. Even though God provided a warning, Cain didn’t heed it and paid a heavy price.

The Enemy longs to trip you up and destroy your life. Sin is enticing and is therefore hard to resist. As you encounter temptation, don’t fight it alone! Let God help you to resist it. You’ll survive spiritually as you let God help you fight your battles! You are loved today!

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You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth?” (Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭7‬ NLT)

According to statisticbrain.com, of all persons that set New Year’s resolutions, only 8% are successful at achieving them, 49% have infrequent success, and 24% never accomplish a single one. Wow! And 1 out of 4 are done with them after the first week! By now, 1/3 of resolution setters that hit the gym, cut back spending, and attempted to stop a bad habit have given up and are back to their old ways that they didn’t like beforehand.

No matter what the endeavor, good things require hard work and sacrifice. A better marriage, healthier body, and a powerful spiritual life require for diligence on our part to keep doing the things that we know we are supposed to be doing. Then when those stumbling moments come and we question the “effort vs reward” factor, we must keep choosing “effort”, knowing it is worth it!

What is keeping you from a healthier body, stronger esteem, wealthier wallet, more intimate marriage, or a dynamic spiritual life? Ask God to help you conquer these or any other goal worth pursuing. Then when you stumble, and you will, He is there to pick you up and keep you going! You are loved today! Keep at it!

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For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John‬ ‭8‬:‭44‬ NLT)

Last night, my sons played football against a neighboring town whose mascot is the Red Devils. It has always mystified me as to how a town down here in the Bible Belt of the South would choose such a negative character to represent their community! My wife and I agreed that it was probably used to intimidate and strike fear in the hearts of their competitive rivals.

The problem is that we become what we tend to identity with. This includes clubs, groups, and even political affiliations. As the old saying goes, “If you lay down with dogs, you’ll wake up with fleas.” This is very true, especially spiritually. As Christ Life ambassadors, we must be careful that we are influencing, not being influenced.

As you go about your weekend, gauge what makes you more or less passionate for God. To me, the haunts of Halloween are mild compared to the horrors of the daily doors we leave upon for dark influences. Live to be true children of your Heavenly Father! You are loved today!

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For the love of Christ controls and urges and impels us.” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭14‬ AMP)

Jim Fallon may not fit your typical Hollywood stereotype of a psychopath, but his brain is identical to one. A neuroscientist with a long and successful career and has been happily married since 1969, found that while his own brainscans match those of known killers, and openly admits he feels the urge to kill, he does not act violently, believing psychopaths were more likely to be someone on the street who cheated, lied, or manipulated rather than killed.

We all face tendencies to do wrong, calling them temptations. But did you realize that God draws you to do right also? The leading of the Holy Spirit woos us to do right and good things, but wrong is also being whispered in our ears. The winner is the one that we give the control of our life to. Think about THAT!

Live a life that gives Jesus control. He’ll never possess you or make you do anything unnatural, but it will also NEVER lead to regrets and destruction! When guided by God, your life will become a vast improvement over what it’s been! Learn to trust Him! You are loved today!

As righteousness leads to life, so he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.” (Proverbs 11:19 NKJV)

Thousands have been killed in a 5-year-old Islamic uprising that aims to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state, though the country’s population is almost equally divided between a mainly Muslim north and predominantly Christian south. In the city of Jos, the center point between the two groups, a terrorist tried to detonate a bomb at a soccer game last week, only to be caught in its premature blast, along with two bystanders.

The Bible guarantees that if we are bent to do wrong, we will eventually pay the price. Even though our flesh desires the things it shouldn’t, we must live disciplined, being willing to deny our passions for what we know is right. No matter how small the temptation, a price will always be payed.

Living pure isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it. Just as two bystanders were caught in the bungled bomber’s blast, innocent people pay prices for our weaknesses. Go to God and allow His strength to be yours! You are loved today!
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